Career and Professional Development Center

  • IUP Career Expo

  • The Career and Professional Development Center offers a vast array of services for career-oriented students and graduates. Our goal is to help students to become more confident in their professional development and networking abilities so they can make informed decisions about graduate schools and career opportunities.

    In college you spend a lot of time trailblazing and learning new things. It can be totally overwhelming, but there is a whole community willing to help. For me, the IUP Career and Professional Development Center was integral in my success. I got my first professional headshot, honed my interview skills, and practiced networking in many different situations. Without the career center, my first real interview would have been a lot scarier and my LinkedIn profile would be lackluster.

    A few years into my career, I now review resumes and interview candidates. I can vouch that recruiters only spend mere seconds on each resume. You may be great in person, but we have to look at a lot of applications, and one small error could mean you don’t make the cut. Getting a job and learning to be professional takes time, so why not go to the experts for help?

    —Elena Kapp ’16
    International Business

    Fall 2019 Events

    Goal in the Grove—Plan on joining us at the “Goal in the Grove” on Thursday, September 12, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and check out how the Career and Professional Development Center can help in your future career plans.

      Find out more about how our career consultants can guide you, social media, and your career search, the Disney College Program, the National Student ExchangeHandshake, the Washington Center Internship Program, resume reviews, service learning, and more.

      Representatives from the Office of Alumni and Friends, the Office of Annual GivingUniversity College, and LEAD Mentors will be available with information about their services.

      Networking Opportunities

      Career Ready Seminar Series — The IUP Career Ready Seminar Series provides an overview of key competencies which impending graduates need to learn and develop to be successful as they make the transition from higher education into the professional world of work.

      Employer Relations Day 2020 — Wednesday, June 3. ERD is designed to strengthen existing relationships and build new partnerships with employers. Our goal has always been to provide information to employers about how IUP prepares students and graduates for the workforce, while also showing our appreciation for past and future recruitment.

      Career Fairs

      Accounting Career Day (Accounting and Finance Majors) — Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Rustic Lodge Event Center

      Career Expo and Graduate School Fair (All Majors) — Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

      Safety Sciences Career Fair (Safety Science Majors) — Thursday, September 26, 2019, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

      Hospitality Management Career Fair (Hospitality Management Majors) — Monday, October 7, 2019, Hadley Union Building

      Western PA Collegiate Job and Internship Fair  (All Majors) — Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Monroeville Convention and Athletic Complex

      IUP graduates are employed at some of the world’s top companies!

      Logos of companies employing IUP graduates in 2017: AAA, ThermoFisher, PennState, Chestnut Ridge Counseling, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Phillips, EY, KPMG, NASA, Siemens, Sheetz, Embassy Suites, U.S. Navy, Owens Corning, Allegheny Health Network, Northrop Grumman, IUP

    • Handshake Online Job-Posting System

      Handshake Highlights


      Handshake is a one-stop shop for students to prepare and launch their careers; and for companies, nonprofits, and organizations of all shapes and sizes to find, recruit, and hire IUP alumni. Handshake uses data to help students find jobs or internships that best match their interests. 


      IUP alumni can sign up for Handshake using their personal e-mail address. The IUP Single Sign-On function is available only for current students. Current students should not fill out the Alumni Registration Form, since your account has already been created.


      • Multi-school job posting—with just a few clicks, post your job across dozens of schools, for free.
      • Powerful applicant filtering—narrow down potential hires to the best fits through our advanced filter options.
      • Dedicated employer training and support—Handshake University will quickstart your experience with weekly webinars, videos, and help articles. Employers can also contact Handshake’s world-class support team for hands-on help.
      • One account, 350 schools! Ditch the dozens of websites, logins, and passwords. With Handshake you get a single integrated network.

        (Please register using a permanent staff member’s name and email address as the organization’s contact, and not someone in a temporary or internship position.)

      Career Resources for Students and Alumni with Disabilities

      The IUP Career and Professional Development Center staff are committed to helping students and alumni with visible and non-visible disabilities find gainful and satisfying employment. A list of resources is available to assist students and alumni with their job search. 

      Please contact our office at 724-357-2235 or if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors.

      Graduates throwing caps in the air

      Have you wondered what you can do with a degree in Philosophy? How about one in Physics or Safety Sciences? The What You Can Do With Your Degree pages feature comments from recent IUP graduates and suggestions for which professions work best with which degree. Check it out!

      Check out our Career and Professional Development Center Blog.

      Request a Career-Oriented Workshop

      The Career and Professional Development Center offers a variety of career-oriented workshops that may be valuable to your curriculum or student organization. To make this process more convenient for you, trained career consultants will present these topics on an as-needed basis. Workshops can be delivered in the classroom, at your club’s meeting, or in the Career and Professional Development Center Classroom/Library.

      Faculty Assignment Request Form  

      If you require or offer extra credit to your students to create/update their resumes or visit the CPDC for any of our services, please let us know by completing the Faculty Assignment Request form.

    • Resume Reviews and Career Information 

      If you need to have your résumé reviewed, but don’t have the opportunity to stop by our office, you can send it to Your résumé will be reviewed by one of our career consultants, and you will receive feedback.

      We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but it may take up to five or more business days to review and provide feedback on your resume. Processing time may increase during busy times of the year (e.g., before a career fair, large networking event, or when all students in a class are required to have their résumés reviewed). 

      Be aware of job and internship application deadlines, and begin the résumé approval process well before an application is due. If you have an urgent need to have your résumé reviewed, please contact our office directly at 724-357-2235 or email your request to    

      Drop-in Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters

      The Career and Professional Development Center hosts drop-in hours every Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. and every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Pratt 302 during the fall and spring semesters. Trained career consultants will be available for résumé reviews and quick questions.

      Drop-in hours begin two weeks after the semester has started and end the last week of classes before finals.